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    Obote-Odora’s dishonest response to us on the ICTR and BBC

    Edward S. Herman and David Peterson

    2015-01-20, Issue 710

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    The former Chief of Appeals and Legal Advisory Division at the ICTR has challenged the article, ‘The Kagame-Power Lobby’s dishonest attack on BBC documentary on Rwanda’, on the questions of victor’s justice and RPF impunity, and offers an across-the-board defense of his former employer. That defense consists of a stream of misrepresentations and wild accusations without merit.

    In the land of the blind the one-eyed man is king

    An Afrocentric and indigenous feminist response to Kumar and Gawenda’s eye for an eye street justice

    Kerrie Thornhill

    2015-01-13, Issue 710

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    In this response piece, Kerrie Thornhill critiques a recent editorial in defence of street violence as a political act. She calls for acknowledgement of Afrocentric as well as indigenous feminist contributions to non-violent social change.

    Why you need to do Kwanzaa

    Misconceptions, propaganda and Afrikan liberation

    Ajamu Nangwaya

    2015-01-21, Issue 710

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    Despite the controversies surrounding its founder, Kwanzaa is Afrika liberation politics. It emerged in context of the Black Power movement in the US that was committed to fighting the violence of white supremacy, capitalist economic exploitation and patriarchal domination of Afrikan women. These issues remain unresolved.

    'Free Speech' hypocrisy in the aftermath of the attack on Charlie Hebdo

    David North

    2015-01-13, Issue 709

    cc ETI
    How have the great capitalist democracies demonstrated their commitment to free speech? The US military has killed journalists in the Middle East. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is still being pursued... And are Charlie Hebdo’s crude and vulgar cartoons really about free speech?

    Charlie Hebdo: Some tough quandaries

    Boaventura de Sousa Santos

    2015-01-14, Issue 709

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    The absolute, unconditional revulsion experienced by Europeans in the face of these deaths should make us wonder why they do not feel the same kind of revulsion in the face of a similar, if not much higher, number of innocent deaths caused by conflicts that, at bottom, may have something to do with the Charlie Hebdo tragedy.

    Paris attacks: Let's talk about the 'War on Terror'

    Hamza Hamouchene

    2015-01-14, Issue 709

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    How can one pretend to fight against terrorism while continuing to hold strong ties with nations that sponsor different Jihadist groups, and that export a reactionary and obscurantist ideology? Different fundamentalist groups have been backed, trained and financed by the West (including France) for decades.

    Je suis Baga!

    Ian Taylor

    2015-01-15, Issue 709

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    Why is Abuja not ‘the capital of the world’ today? Why is it that African leaders will fly to Paris to express camaraderie and unity after seventeen Europeans are murdered, but are entirely absent if and when 2,000 Africans are butchered?

    I am profoundly BAGA!

    Carlos Sanvee

    2015-01-14, Issue 709

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    Where are the marches in Africa for the Baga massacre, where 2,000 mainly women, children and the elderly were killed by Boko Haram? Where are the public condemnations and editorials of outrage for Baga?

    The Charlie Hebdo white power rally in Paris

    A celebration of Western hypocrisy

    Ajamu Baraka

    2015-01-15, Issue 709

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    “Je Suis Charlie” has become a sound bite to justify the erasure of non-Europeans, and for ignoring the sentiments, values and views of the racialized “other.” In short, Je Suis Charlie has become an arrogant rallying cry for white supremacy that was echoed at the white power march on Sunday in Paris and in the popularity of the new issue of Charlie Hebdo.

    Charlie Hebdo: “Je Suis White People"

    Margaret Kimberley

    2015-01-15, Issue 709

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    Murder is wrong when committed by individual gunmen with grudges and it is still wrong when it comes from a drone strike. A unity march should denounce human rights abuses, of which warfare is the worst.

    Charlie Hebdo: Unending Muslim anger at the West

    Abdulrazaq Magaji

    2015-01-14, Issue 709

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    In the wake of the attacks on Paris, hypocrisy has won and the world is basking in a warped victory. Bigots have been celebrated and their right to offend defended, without any critical view of the excesses of Charlie Hebdo magazine. It is such attitudes that fuel Muslim anger.

    Paris terror can be traced back to Algeria in 1954

    Algeria is the post-colonial wound that still bleeds in France

    Robert Fisk

    2015-01-14, Issue 709

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    Perhaps five million of France’s six-and-half million Muslims are Algerian. Most are poor, regarding themselves as second-class citizens in the land of equality. There is a critical historical context to this and the Paris attack that needs to be appreciated.

    The funnies

    Shailja Patel

    2015-01-15, Issue 709

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    Rape cartoons are funny if it's inconceivable to you that you could ever be raped. If you live in a bubble of gender privilege that insulates you from all consequences of rape culture.

    Censors march for free expression

    PEN International

    2015-01-14, Issue 709

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    In the wake of the brutal murders of journalists at Charlie Hebdo, PEN calls on Governments to implement their commitments to free expression and to desist from further curtailing free expression through the expansion of surveillance.

    South Africa: Islamic Unity Convention`s comment on French terror attacks

    Islamic Unity Convention

    2015-01-14, Issue 709

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    Muslims are almost always expected to apologise for any terror attacks in the name of their religion. How can this be justified? On the other hand, there is no global outrage whenever people are killed and maimed in senseless wars waged by Western powers. Why?

    Yes, Nigeria needs the same support as France

    Frank Lekaba

    2015-01-15, Issue 709

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    The Catholic Archbishop of Jos Ignatius Kaigama has raise a timely and profound issue: There should be global mobilisation not just when terrorism rears its ugly head in Europe but also when Africans fall victim in their homelands.

    The Cuban opening and the struggles for a new social order

    Horace G. Campbell

    2015-01-08, Issue 708

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    The eminent Africanist revolutionary Amilcar Cabral declared that: ‘no power in the world will be able to destroy this Cuban Revolution.’ America’s recent decision to resume relations with Cuba proves Empire’s failure to destroy the Revolution. But Cubans must now guard against a capitalist onslaught.

    Cuban President speaks on Cuba-US Relations

    Raul Castro Cruz

    2015-01-07, Issue 708

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    2014 ended on a happy note for the Cuban people following the release of their three compatriots who were held unjustly by the US and the announcement of improved relations between the two nations. In this address to the nation, the Cuban president expresses his view of these developments.

    #BlackLivesMatter: From Marikana to Ferguson

    Benjamin Woods

    2015-01-08, Issue 708

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    The protest movement arising from Ferguson has captured the world’s attention, heralding a new generation of radical Black organizers. A similar scenario is unfolding in South Africa. This movement needs support.

    Happy New Year Black America!

    Imruh Bakari

    2015-01-08, Issue 708

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    The recent bitter spat between hip-hop artists Iggy Azalea and Azealia Banks over alleged identity theft reveals the commodification, capitalization and appropriation of Black identity, within a Western culture of violent and obfuscated race relations.

    VS Naipaul and Africa

    Lansana Gberie

    2015-01-08, Issue 708

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    Acclaimed writer and Nobel Laureate VS Naipaul has spent much time traveling in and writing about Africa. But his views of the continent are ignorant and bigoted, like those of most foreign visitors before him. It is disappointing that such a towering literary figure who should know better chooses to see Africa and her people through a lens of racism and colonial prejudice.

    Oil spill pollutes rich white people’s properties

    But suburban Durban’s disaster reveals wider planetary abuse and eco-racism

    Patrick Bond

    2015-01-07, Issue 708

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    The latest spill should nudge policy elites and community activists to begin properly preparing for a post-carbon future. It is time South Africa – and the world - questioned its overconsumption of fossil fuels, especially via overpriced and dangerous pipelines.

    Has the International Monetary Fund Reformed?

    Patrick Bond

    2015-01-07, Issue 708

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    Economically, the overall IMF objective is stabilising crisis-prone world capitalism on behalf, mainly, of Western financiers.

    Ebola: Who created this terrible virus and why?

    Antoine Roger Lokongo

    2015-01-08, Issue 708

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    Conspiracy theories that Ebola – and HIV – are bio-weapons created by the West to depopulate Africa refuse to die away. Leaks from within Western establishments and the behaviour of these capitlist powers fuel the theories. They are difficult to ignore.

    Saving the ICC from African thugtators

    Alemayehu G. Mariam

    2014-12-18, Issue 707

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    When an African president accused of multiple crimes against humanity walks out of court by orchestrating an unprecedented and audacious obstruction of justice, it is not just a flagrant denial of justice to the thousands of victims. It is an outrage against all humanity. It is an affront to the rule of law. It is the triumph of injustice.

    Kenya Security Bill tramples on basic rights

    Lawmakers should reject amendments

    Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International

    2014-12-18, Issue 707

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    The hastily drafted security bill infringes on many basic rights and freedoms protected in Kenya’s constitution and international human rights law. The authorities need to focus on how Kenyan security agencies have long violated human rights with impunity, and not empower these forces further.

    An advisory on the Security Laws (Ammendment) Bill 2004

    Kenya National Human Rights Commission

    2014-12-18, Issue 707

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    The Kenya government is pushing a raft of changes to security laws that if enacted would return the country to the dark days of dictatorship. An analysis of the Bill by the country’s statutory human rights body reveals that the proposed changes are momentous and seek to amend the Bill of Rights without a referendum and fundamentally alter the principles of criminal justice.

    The government knows best

    Patrick Gathara

    2014-12-18, Issue 707

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    Today, barely four years after it was inaugurated with much pomp and ceremony, Kenya’s new constitution is being undone. The Security Amendment Bill introduced in Parliament last week portends the return of the all-powerful, unchecked executive and its intrusion into almost every facet of Kenyans’ lives.

    Do you know it's Christmas?

    Leo Henges and Kwezi Tabaro

    2014-12-18, Issue 707

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    Sir Bob Geldof, this is 2014. Your time is up. Go away. Africa does not need stereotype-spewing, self-serving White saviours.

    All that glitters is not gold

    The Rusty Radiator Awards have a bitter aftertaste

    Daniel Bendix with glokal e.V.

    2014-12-18, Issue 707

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    While campaigns such as the Golden and Rusty Radiator Awards raise awareness of Western development organizations’ unjust views of the global South, they do not go far enough. Critiques of cliché media representation must be coupled with critiques of fundamentally unbalanced power structures.

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